Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: Saint Cloud
Distillery: Undisclosed distillery in Kentucky
Release Date: November 2020
Age: 7 Years
Mashbill: Undisclosed (Includes corn, rye, and malted barley)
Color: Light Amber
MSRP: $150 (2021)
Rye grain | Bold spice | Hints of baking spice | Light peppercorn | Caramel | Vanilla | Oak | Ethanol | Spice forward and not shy about embracing its proof
Rye spice | Baking spice | Oak | Leather | Dried apple | Caramel | Candied orange | Rich and spicy
Light caramel | Dashes of vanilla | Dried oak | Leather | White peppercorn | Long lingering heat
Saint Cloud is promoted as a premium bourbon, and bottles are priced accordingly. The company positions the product to have an upscale feel, coming in a black silk bag, and bottled in a sleek looking bottle. Additionally, the bottle comes with a second cork that is topped with a copper colored icarus holding a fleur-de-lis, which is a nice nod to the fact that it’s Kentucky bourbon.
That said, packaging aside, $150 is a very steep asking price for a 7 year old single barrel bourbon, even if it is barrel proof. The bourbon itself has a lot of flavor, delivering a bold sip that isn’t shy about owning up to its high proof. It’s full of rich spicy flavors, sometimes to a fault, but overall is very good pour. While it’s always a gamble for single barrels at this price point, if you’re willing to pay the price of admission, Saint Cloud 7 Year Single Barrel will please.
The bottle being reviewed is from the “Icarus” barrel and is number 76.